1. USS Ronald Reagan Departs for Japan

    After nine years of calling Naval Air Station North Island its homeport, the aircraft carrier departed San Diego for Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, Aug. 31.

    Sailors stand in formation on the flight deck of USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) before departing Naval Base Coronado for Yokosuka, Japan, Aug. 31. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Nathan Burke)
  2. Command of Amphibious Force 7th Fleet Changes Hands

    Rear Adm. John B. Nowell assumed command of Amphibious Force 7th Fleet, Expeditionary Strike Group Seven (ESG 7) and Task Force 76 (CTF 76) from Rear Adm. Hugh D. Wetherald during a change of command ceremony aboard USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) Aug. 29.

    Vice Adm. Robert L. Thomas Jr., left,, commander of U.S 7th Fleet; Rear Adm. John Nowell, middle, commander Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 7; and Rear Adm. Hugh D. Wetherald cut the cake at the ESG 7 change of command ceremony. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Taylor A. Elberg)
  3. USS Ronald Reagan to Depart San Diego for U.S. 7th Fleet

    The aircraft carrier is scheduled to depart Naval Air Station North Island Aug. 31 and proceed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations to serve with the U.S. Navy's forward deployed naval forces (FDNF).

    In this file photo, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) steams in formation as one of 42 ships and submarines representing 15 international partner nations during exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) in 2014. (U.S. Navy/MC1 Shannon Renfroe)
  4. Pacific Partnership Wraps Up in Vietnam

    The crew of the hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) completed their 10-day visit in Da Nang, Vietnam, Aug. 28, the ship’s last mission stop of Pacific Partnership 2015.

    USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) sits at anchor off the coast of Da Nang, Vietnam during Pacific Partnership. (U.S. Marine Corps/Sgt. Valerie Epler)
  5. PACFLT Commander Reaffirms Close Ties with Singapore, Thanks Sailors During Southeast Asia Visit

    Adm. Scott Swift made his inaugural visit to Singapore Aug. 26-28, following two days of leadership engagements in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

    Adm. Scott Swift, commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, addresses Sailors, civilians and their families during an all hands call in Singapore. (U.S. Navy/MC1 Jay C. Pugh)
  6. USS Chafee Supports Oceania Maritime Security Initiative

    The guided-missile destroyer USS Chafee (DDG 90) recently completed an Oceania Maritime Security Initiative (OMSI) mission with U.S. Coast Guard’s 14th District in the Western Pacific.

    In this file photo, USS Chafee (DDG 90) operates in the Western Pacific in July. (U.S. Navy/MCSN Clemente A. Lynch)
  7. Japanese, U.S. Leaders Wish Farewell to USS Ronald Reagan

    Several Japanese and U.S. Navy distinguished visitors visited the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) for a ceremony Aug. 24 marking the Reagan’s upcoming role as the forward-deployed aircraft carrier in the Pacific.

    Vice Adm. Mike Shoemaker, left, commander of Naval Air Forces; Vice Adm. Nora Tyson, commander of U.S. 3rd Fleet; and Hiroyasu Izumi, minister plenipotentiary and deputy chief of mission of the Japanese Embassy in the U.S., board USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) ahead of a commemoration ceremony marking Reagan’s new role as the forward-deployed aircraft carrier in the Pacific. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Nathan Burke)
  8. Fleet Master Chief Visits USS Hopper, USS Michael Murphy

    Pacific Fleet Master Chief Susan Whitman paid a visit to Sailors aboard the two guided-missile destroyers Aug. 19 and 20 at Pearl Harbor.

    U.S. Pacific Fleet Master Chief Susan Whitman, left, speaks with Gas Turbine System Technician (Mechanical) 1st Class Avelino Lopez aboard USS Michael Murphy.  (U.S. Navy/MC2 Laurie Dexter)
  9. USS Fort Worth Completes CARAT with Indonesia and Malaysia

    The littoral combat ship took part in Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercises with both Indonesia and Malaysia in August.

    USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) operates in the Sulu Sea during CARAT Malaysia last week. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Joe Bishop)
  10. USS Albuquerque Returns from Final Deployment

    The Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Albuquerque (SSN 706) returned home to San Diego Aug. 21 following its final regularly-scheduled deployment.

    USS Albuquerque (SSN 706) transits San Diego Bay Aug. 21 as it returns to Naval Base Point Loma. (U.S. Navy/Lt. Ryan de Vera)